Stowe is known for its natural beauty. It’s no surprise hiking is one of the most popular summertime activities in the area with world-class trails and stunning views of the Vermont landscape. Stowe has a variety of easy, moderate and expert trail options for all ages and abilities. The trail system is well maintained with clear paths and trail blazes.

Hiking Resources

Popular Hikes

Below are popular hikes in the area. The Stowe & Waterbury Recreation Guide features trails throughout the region, and the Stowe Hiking Guide describes these hikes and more in detail.

  • Mt. Mansfield: Vermont’s highest peak at 4,393′ is situated on the Long Trail, a 265-mile trail system running throughout Vermont, which crosses Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak in Stowe. Two trail-heads are located in Smugglers’ Notch. The Green Mountain Club, located on Route 100 between Waterbury and Stowe, is an excellent resource for questions about hiking the Long Trail and others in the area.
  • Stowe Pinnacle: A moderate hike with views of the Green Mountains, including Mt. Mansfield, as well as the Sterling and Worcester ranges, including nearby Mt. Elmore.
  • Short, scenic hikes: Explore the wilderness on gentle trails in Kirchner Woods and Wiessner Woods, or take a leisurely walk to Sunset Rock for a view of Mt. Mansfield. These trails are conserved by Stowe Land Trust.
  • Waterfalls, pools and basins: Take a leisurely walk to popular Swimming Holes.
  • Guided hikes: Get a unique perspective of Stowe through a local trail guide. Customized guided hikes are available through various outfitters.